Workshops & Programs

​​​​​​​​​​​​Science Investigator Series

​​Offered September-May

​Cost: $100 for a class of up to 30 students.


Enhance your students' trip to the Indianapolis Zoo with one of our science learning opportunities! Offered throughout the school year, students will enjoy a variety of guided activities as they discover and investigate the science behind our natural world. All Science Investigator programs align to Indiana State Science Standards

Running throughout the week, programs begin on the hour and last for 45 minutes, include instruction, activities and a guided trip to a Zoo exhibit.

Need help finding the best program for your class? Email us at edustaff@indyzoo.com for suggestions.​

Program Topics​

Please note that Zoo admission must be purchased separately, and field trip rates​ are available. Registration opens Aug. 1​.

Butterfly Builders

Students will investigate butterflies and their life cycle through a variety of activities including a story, game and science investigation. The lesson will end with a visit to the White River Gardens tolook for butterflies. Designed for students pre-K through fifth grade and only available April-May. [close]

Polar Plunge

Students will explore the adaptations of polar animals through a variety of activities including a story, game and science investigation. The lesson will finish with a guided trip to see some of our polar animals. Designed for students pre-K through fifth grade.​ [close]

Tropical Topple

Students will discover the importance of habitats and ecosystems while participating in our giant Tropical Topple game! The activity will help explain the interconnectivity of the natural world. This program also includes a guided trip out to one of our Zoo exhibits.  Designed for students in third through sixth grades.  [close]

Building a Habitat

Students will explore what is important in a habitat and how the Zoo creates animal exhibits through a variety of activities as well as a trip out to see an exhibit. Designed for students in first through fourth grades.  [close]

Orangutan Adaptations

Students will compare their own physical adaptations to that of the orangutans. The program will finish with a guided visit to see our orangutans in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Designed for grades pre-K through 2. [close]

Orangutan Memory & Problem Solving

Students will explore their own memory and problem solving abilities while learning more about the cognitive abilities of orangutans. The program will finish with a guided visit to see our orangutans in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Designed for grades 4-7 [close]

Plants 

Students will investigate the nature of plants in how they grow, survive, and reproduce through a science investigation and a game. The lesson will end with a visit to the White River Gardens to look at the various flowers and plants living there. Designed for grades 2-4 [close]

Wildlife Conservation

Students will develop a connection to endangered species through activities that will explore why animals become endangered and what we can do to help. The lesson will end with a visit to one of our exhibits with an endangered species. Designed for grades 3-6 [close] 

Student Animal Enrichment Challenge

The Zoo is creating a real-world challenge for 3-8th grade students to use math, science, design processes and good old creativity to help with an animal enrichment. Animal enrichment is a way to simulate natural behaviors and keep animals healthy by engaging their bodies and brains. Students will need to research and gather information, develop ideas, create a design, generate a prototype, test it and make revisions. Challenge will run October 9, 2017-April 27, 2018. Each teacher can select one team (2-3 students) to come to the Zoo on May 8, 2018 (10am-noon) to present their teams Animal Enrichment Challenge proposal. For students to participate in this Challenge the classroom teacher must participate in the Animal Enrichment Challenge professional development on October 7th.

Wildlife Science Days

Wildlife Science days at the Zoo

On October 5 and April 17 from 9:30-11:30 am the Zoo will have special activities and chats geared for students to explore how scientists study wildlife.

Zoo Careers

Help your students discover the wide range of zoo careers and take a tour behind the scenes to see how it works. Each tour session can accomodate up to 30 people. All participants must be 6 or older.  

Cost: $200 for up to 30 people; Registration opens Aug. 1

  • Friday, Sept. 29  • 10am, 11am or 1pm

  • ​Friday, April 13  •  10am, 11am or 1pm​

Please note that Zoo admission must be purchased separately, and field trip rates​ are available.

Scout Programs

These programs are a fun way for Scouts to collect experiences that will help them reach their scouting goals. Spaces are limited and reg​istration is required. ​ Registration opens Aug. 1​​.

Daisy Scout Programs

3 Cheers for Animals •  Mar. 10  •  9-11:30am
Cost: $25 per scout, $10 per adult

Scouts 10-16

Vet Medicine •  Mar. 17  •  9am-noon
Cost: $30 per participant

Overnight Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Programs

Our Bunk For a Badge program lets Brownie and Junior troops explore The Zoo after hours and earn a badge as well.

For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.